Saturday, January 13, 2018

Twenty-One Years Ago....

Twenty-one years ago,  this coming Sunday, was our first Sunday at Whites Creek Baptist Church.

Our church is doing GREAT.  By the looks of this picture, our church survived better than we did.................21 years puts lots of wrinkles, weight and less hair on a person.

We are right where God wants us to be and we can not think of a place we would rather be.
We are looking forward to more years.

Friday, January 12, 2018

LET GO...LET GOD!



Today's Bible Journal................LET GO....LET GOD!

Just PRAY.....and Let it Go!

SANDPAPER

SANDPAPER.

One night during Bible Study we were discussing how there are some people in our lives that are just sandpaper.  They sand away on us until they make us raw.  We ALL have them....

Well......there are several sandpapers in my life, but right now the sandpaper that rubs me raw is a co-worker.....or should I say, another person that draws a check where I work.  (I can't even call her a co-worker.....) 

Anyway.....I started January determined that I was going to stay POSITIVE and I was going to avoid negative people who pull me down.

No matter how hard I tried.....this "sandpaper" is everywhere. .....sanding away.
 It doesn't help that my sandpaper is causing disgruntlement throughout the school that I work in.  Everyone is talking and complaining....................even our bosses are at their rope's end.
She is the person that "the rules do not apply to"......"it is never her fault"....and she spends all her time trying to figure out how to get out of work and how to get rid of her students................................and she is many times successful.

I must confess.................I have been guilty of complaining and getting upset to the point that it even affects my ability to do my job.  I have been guilty of stretching the POSITIVE thing................by saying..........I'm POSITIVE She is lazy.................I'm POSITIVE she is driving me crazy....etc.

  • I have PRAYED for her.
  • I have prayed that she would not rub me raw.
  • I have prayed for my attitude to change.....

Well yesterday afternoon, while discussing the unfortunate situation with several of my co-worker..........it just hit me.........

I looked at my co-workers and I said...............

"WAIT.....us getting upset is not changing anything and it is not hurting anyone but US.  It is keeping us all upset and bent out of shape....and putting us all in bad moods."

I told them that "this person" claims to be a Christian....so if she is.........................she will one day get her just reward.  You can not continue to lie, manipulate and do wrong without it coming back to you.

AND.....in the meantime, we are allowing SATAN to do EXACTLY what he has set out to do......................................Satan is using this "weak co-worker" to keep all of us upset, discouraged and even angry...............................because as long as we have those feelings.....God is not getting the glory.

WOW......that just came out of nowhere.....and oh, it spoke to my heart.  My co-workers all agreed..............they had not looked at it in that way....................Satan was using the situation to hinder even our walk with Christ.

Talk about praying.........................I prayed all the way home for God to forgive me for allowing Satan to have the temporary victory.  I prayed that God would help me to forgive "my sandpaper" because I do not answer for her.................I only answer for ME.

When she starts rubbing her sandpaper on me....................I am just going to pray for her and LET IT GO.......

I am human.....and I will slip...............................but this is my goal.   

The irony of this is...............if she had been a sandpaper in our church.........I would have recognized Satan at work...................but because it was not at church............I was a slow learner.............GOD HAD TO SHOW ME.

Let's all PRAY for our SANDPAPERS.......................and LET IT GO.............

We can't change anything.............but GOD CAN!!!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Don't Eat Him

The Lord's Supper....

As Baptist, we normally partake of the Lord's Supper quarterly or any other designated time that is set aside.

Many times....it is a ritual and something we do not think a lot about.......

HOWEVER.....on New Year's Eve morning, our church partook of the Lord's Supper and I was able to view it from a different perspective.  Our grandchildren spent the night with us and went to church with us that morning.

Our grandchildren go to First Baptist Church of Cleveland, TN, which is a very large church, therefore, they are always in Children's Church and have never witnessed the Lord's Supper.

(We have a Children's Church for preschoolers, but they always choose to stay with Mimi instead.)

I had already wondered how I was going to handle it when they wanted juice and bread too.................................................but NOTHING prepared me for the QUESTIONS.

Never once did they ask to also participate.  BUT....they both asked a minimum of a million questions.  Why and how come, etc.

I answered the questions the best I could and during the entire ceremony, I explained what we were doing and why we were doing it..........................in a child's version.

Finally................Cameron asked......."Mimi, if the bread is Jesus's pretend body......and we love Jesus...............Why do We Eat Him Up?"

Whewww...............hard question.  Because, remember....in a preschoolers mind, eating someone is NOT loving them.....bad people eat the good people.

I stumbled and hope I made sense to him. 

I just told him that we were not really eating his body..............we were eating the bread so we could remember his body....and remember when he died on the cross for us.............................because we love him so, we want to REMEMBER HIM so eating the bread is just to help us remember.....just like drinking the juice is really not blood, but it helps us to remember that Jesus died for us.

Whewww.............that was enough to satisfy him....so I got lucky this time. 

Out of the mouths of Babes.............YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY WILL
  • ASK
  • SAY
  • OR DO
 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

True Champions...

I was just wayyyyy toooo tired to blog about the National Football Championship game yesterday. 

Whether you are "Trump" supporter or NOT.....didn't it feel good to watch our president sing the National Anthem at the game? 

Also.........I loved how several times the cameras zoomed in on the Alabama team kneeling and praying before the game.

Whether you were rooting for Bama or the Dawgs............there are two guys that need recognition.

First...Jalen Hurts.  What a show of sportsmanship.  When he was replaced as quarter back at half time.......not once did we see any signs of jealousy.  He encouraged Tua and stood behind him all the way.  Even in his closing remarks at the end of the game.......he was still complimenting Tua.  (And if you have followed his career....you know he always gives God the credit.)

Wow.

Don't you wish that everyone would just do THEIR job and if someone else could do it better, step aside and cheer them on??  But, many times, whether in our secular worlds or in our churches, we see JEALOUSY............which is NOTHING but SIN.

Second....Tua Tagovailoa, as a freshmen had bragging rights..........he was the player of the game.  BUT....never once did he take credit for his talent...............over and over America heard him say, "I want to Thank my God.....and I give Him all of the credit....I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..."

Wow.

Sometimes people get caught up in their glory and don't stop to realize that nothing is possible without Christ.....  It is refreshing to hear someone give credit where credit goes.

I've already heard the critics............talking about the two guys from Alabama that showed poor sportsmanship.  They are proof that you will always find bad apples in the barrel.  Also....Satan is using those two guys to keep everyone's focus off the PRAYING, the TEAM-WORK & SPORTSMANSHIP and the PRAISE GOD.

Monday night............was a great night all around................because as many of you know....we are from Alabama......................ROLL TIDE.

BUT....the true Champions are the ones I listed above....


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CLUTTER

As many of you know..............we went through several months of totally remodeling our kitchen.  We got it back together just in time for the holidays......

Now that the holidays are over, we are trying to slowly de-clutter our house.  We are downsizing and trying to remove things that are not needed.  After 38 years of marriage and 23 of those years is THIS house.....it is easy to accumulate lots of clutter.  We always think....well, I may need that for something, etc........when in reality, if you do need it, chances are you will not be able to find it.

So...........we are slowly, one room at a time, attempting to de-clutter.  As each area gets completed, it feels soooooooooooo good.

Got me to thinking............our "ministry" lives get cluttered over the years too.  As leaders, we continue to take over duties, etc. that are expected or that we just want to do, etc.  Before you know it...........your ministry life is a mess too.

It's January 2018...........so time to de-clutter.

If you are like me and a list maker.............go that route.....or do whatever works best for you.

Make a physical or mental list of things in the ministry that are important.....things that are a MUST.  Put the things in order.  Remember you and your spouse CAN NOT DO IT ALL.....decide WHAT you will do and let someone else do the other things, or as Elsea says....LET IT GO. 

The de-clutter can also go for your "Spiritual Life" too. 

Clutter is just Satan's way of discouraging us whether it is in our HOME....or our MINISTRY....or our SPIRITUAL LIFE....or whatever. 

DE-CLUTTER....................Don't Allow SATAN the opportunity to drag you down.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Today is the PERFECT DAY....

 
 


TODAY is the PERFECT DAY....to get started.....Bible Journalinglllll

What do you do when the temperatures are way below freezing....you are school teacher and your school is closed and you are just wanting a lazy morning...................you "Redneck Bible Journal".......Smile.  I had put my Bible Journaling aside during the holidays because of the hectic schedules..................last Thursday, I decided it was the PERFECT time to get back into the routine.  It is VERY relaxing and addictive...............but I can think of much worse things to be addicted to.  Smile.

I am telling you ladies, if you have not tried the Bible Journaling.........you should.  I blogged before that I have got my three year old granddaughter Bible Journaling.  (Of course, me or her mom draws the pictures and she colors them...............but she tells EVERYONE she LOVES to Bible Journal about Jesus.  And....I KNOW she does not fully understand what she is doing, but it is my desire that a "seed is being planted" that will follow her through life...........)  Here is an example of 3 Year Old Redneck Bible Journaling....
 
In my daughter and daughter-in-laws stockings were the drawing book and colored pencils to begin their journaling.  My daughter has discovered that she really enjoys it and is busy creating her own designs, etc. to go with her favorite Bible verses.

So.....everyone is posting New Year's Resolutions..............it does not make a difference of HOW OLD or HOW YOUNG you are...............you can Bible Journal.  And, I am proof....ANYONE can do it.  When you finish a book......................you will have an entire book of your favorite Bible verses....or Bible Verses that touched you on particular days.

Ladies..............run to Walmart...........purchase a 5x7 Sketch book, fine point Sharpies and  Crayola twistable colored pencils....open up Pinterest for ideas.....and get started.

 I would LOVE for you to share your ideas and finshed product.